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What causes child to keep scratching head and neck without having head lice?

Jan 2014
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Hi! My 15 month old daughter keeps scratching her head and neck, mostly at night but also during day at times. It appears to bother her as we will find we often sitting up at night scratching her head. She doesn't have a rash, only scratch marks on her neck, her ears are fine (she just had grommets inserted, but itching was happening before this) and we have checked for head lice. Her laundry detergent hasn't been changed. Any ideas?? Thanks! XXXXX
Posted Mon, 16 Dec 2013 in Skin Hair and Nails
Answered by Dr. Kakkar S. 1 hour later
Brief Answer: skin Dryness and ??dandruff(mild) Detailed Answer: Hi XXXXXXX thanks for writing to XXXXXXX Is any body else in the family also itching? or any history of contact with a person/relative or neighbour visiting with similar complaints? If the answer to the above questions is No..then i think the itching on her neck seems more related to her dry skin. If yes then it needs to be treated accordingly.. Use a gentle cleanser for her. Use a good moisturising cream or lotion twice daily for a few days scalp itching could be becauseof mild seborrheic dermatitis. You can use a shampoo containing ketoconazole on alternate days. You should get it over the counter. I would advice that you visit a dermatologist for a confirmatory diagnosis or if the condition does'nt improve within a week or so. take care regards Dr . kakkar
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